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Subramanian Rangan
Professor of Strategy and Management
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress

Subi Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University. His work explores how enterprises may better integrate performance and progress, and how scholars may help evolve the paradigm of capitalism. In 2013 he initiated the Society for Progress, a fellowship of eminent philosophers, social scientists, and business leaders ( Their first work was published as Performance & Progress: Essays on Capitalism, Business, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2015). Their second book is entitled Capitalism Beyond Mutuality? (Oxford, 2018). In his other research Subi explores the political sociology of discrimination of foreign transnational firms and these firms’ non-market strategies. In 1998 he won the Academy of International Business’ Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best original work in international business. In 1995 that academy awarded their Best Dissertation Award to his doctoral thesis. In 2010 his research won the Emerald award for Top 50 papers in management. His articles appear in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. Subi is coauthor of two other books: Manager in the International Economy, and A Prism on Globalization. He is associate editor of the Academy of Management Review; former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals; a member of the board of trustees of Fundacao Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Brazil; and a member of the Board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He directs INSEAD’s top executive seminar AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, and Action. Subi is a multiple-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award and Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. He is married and has a daughter and son.

Articles and Books

  • "Corporate global citizenship: A strategy perspective” (with Tomasz Obloj). Manuscript prepared for the Arab Business Council of the World Economic Forum, May 2009.
  • Globalization the JEDI way,” in, Globalisation Laid Bare: Lessons in International Business, Industry and Parliament Trust, UK; London: Gibson Square, 2009.
  • “International geography and history in host market competitiveness of foreign multinational enterprises: A research agenda,” (with Aldemir Drummond), in Africa Arino, Pankaj Ghemawat, and Joan E. Ricart (eds.), Creating Value Through International Strategy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 109-121.
  • “Global strategy in an internet era.” In Chowdhury, Subir (ed.) Next Generation Business, Wiley, New Jersey, 2004, pp. 377-390.
  • Profits and the internet: Seven Misconceptions" (with Ron Adner, Sloan Management Review, 42 (4):44-53, Summer 2001
    Reprinted in Brynjolfsson, Erik and Glen L. Urban (eds.), Strategies for E-Business Success, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2001, pp. 61-82.
  • Seven myths to ponder before going global,” November 29, 1999,Financial Times, Mastering Strategy, Part Ten. (Also appears in the Dutch, French, and Portuguese business press.)
    Reprinted in Henry Mintzberg and James Brian Quinn, The Strategy Process, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2002 (fourth edition), pp. 289-293.
    Reprinted in Mastering Strategy, Pearson Education, London, 2000: 119-124.

Teaching cases

Building Cost Competitiveness at the New Philips: Need for Collaborative Leadership
(with Matthias Weidinger), Insead Case No. 02/2009-xxxx

SAP in 2006: Aiming for Global Concert, Insead Case No. 08/2007-5390.

EBay Strategy (A)
EBay Strategy (B)
(with Soumitra Dutta), Insead Case No. 01/2004-5144.
Reprinted in Jelassi, Twafik (ed.), Strategies for e-Business, Essex: Prentice Hall, 2005.

EBay International
(with Soumitra Dutta), Insead Case No. 01/2004-5149.
Reprinted in Carpenter, Mason and Gerard Sanders (eds.), Strategic Management, Prentice Hall, 2006.
Reprinted in Jelassi, Twafik (ed.), Strategies for e-Business, Essex: Prentice Hall, 2005.

Reuter's Internet strategy (A)
Reuter's Internet strategy (B) Insead Case No. 07/2000-4905.

General Motors at ninety: aspiring to be great again
Insead Case No. 11/98-4781.
Reprinted in Williamson, Rick (ed.), Cases in Electronic Commerce,
Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2001. Also translated into French and Spanish.
Teaching note: General Motors at Ninety: Aspiring to be Great Again.

Awards and Honours

Research Honours

- Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award, 1995, Academy of International Business.

- Eldridge Haynes Prize ($5,000 awarded to a scholar under forty for the best original essay in international business), 1998, Academy of International Business.

- Top 50 Papers Winner: Emerald 2010 Citations of Excellence Award. (Article awarded: Rangan & Sengul, Information technology and transnational integration, Journal of International Business Studies, 2009).

- Nominee (one of two) from the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management for the AOM Carolyn Dexter Award, 2005.

- George S. Dively Fellow, 1991, 1992, Center for Business and Government, Harvard University.

Teaching Honours

- Winner, Outstanding Teacher Award: July 2009; July 2008; December 1998 (for MBA elective entitled “Global strategy and management”), Insead MBA program.
- Nominee, Outstanding Teacher Award: 2003; 2002; 1999, Insead MBA program.
- Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching: 2008-2009; 2010-2011.

- Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Executive Teaching: 2016-2017.

Institutional Honours

- The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress, 2010-present.
- Founder and Fellow, Society for Progress, 2013-present. A working group of eminent philosophers, social scientists, and business leaders exploring and enabling the evolution of the market-based economic system. (see
- World Economic Forum, GAC Vision Award, 2014. (For TEN Youth, an initiative on mentoring and apprenticeship aimed at deepening behavioral and functional human capital in youth.)

- Chairman, Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, World Economic Forum, 2011; 2014-2016.
- Shell Fellow in Business and Environment, January 2009-2010.

Academic Work Experience

  • Professor of Strategy and Management,

INSEAD, September 2008 to present

  • Associate Professor of Strategy and Management,

INSEAD, September 2000 - 2008.

  • Assistant Professor of Strategy and Management,

INSEAD, July 1994-August 2000.

  • Instructor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1994 Spring. Co-taught with Professor Raymond Vernon a master’s level course entitled Public Policy and the Multinational Enterprise.


International business; multinational enterprises; global strategy and management.


  • MBA elective: Global strategy and management.
  • Ph.D. seminar: Readings and research on multinational enterprises.
  • Executive programs (public and company-specific):
    • AVIRA (Program director)
    • Strategy and international management


Subramanian Rangan
Professor of Strategy and Management

INSEAD Europe Campus
Boulevard de Constance
77305 Fontainebleau Cedex

Email : [email protected]
Phone : 33 (0)1 60 72 48 51

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